United Airlines operated the first transatlantic flight with passengers tested for free by COVID-19.
United has launched a pilot program to test COVID-19 for passengers on transatlantic flights.
UA14 United Airlines passengers, on the route Newark (New York) - Heathrow (London), were the first to be tested for free by COVID-19. United offered FREE quick tests to every passenger over the age of 2 and to all crew members on board, ensuring that everyone on board was tested negative.
The “Abbott ID Now COVID-19” rapid test, administered by Premise Health, was performed in a medical facility located at Newark United Club, near the C93 boarding gate.
United began testing passengers 2 days after Lufthansa has announced a pilot program similar testing.
The tests will be performed over a period of 4 weeks.
The pilot experiment is just beginning, and testing of passengers traveling to London will continue for the next 4 weeks, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Passengers will be tested before the flight, with an appointment in advance. Customers who do not wish to be tested will be transferred to other races at no additional cost.
All passengers traveling to the UK must consider compliance with the rules imposed by the London government. They will also have to be quarantined for 14 days.
Prior to the pandemic, United operated 6 daily flights between New York / Newark and London Heathrow. The flight was operated with a 767-300ER aircraft, offering the most seats in Business Class and Premium Economy Class.
United Airlines assures passengers that they will be safe on board aircraft.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, United has been a leader among US airlines in adopting policies designed to keep employees and passengers safe. It was the first US airline to implement masks for flight attendants and employees.
United was among the first American carriers to announce that they would not allow customers who refuse to comply with implemented health policies to fly through them.
United was the first US airline to launch contactless check-in for passengers. United requires passengers to have a self-assessment of their health before each flight in an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus.